Pittsburgh, PA

We went to Pittsburgh for the weekend to celebrate our 5-year wedding anniversary/10 year dating anniversary! It was so much fun. We were able to spend time with friends and explore the city.

Pittsburgh is a really cool city. We lived in Pittsburgh for 3 years and then moved back to Columbus. We love that you can go to any burrow based on your mood, Southside for the crazy fun, Shadyside for more chill fun, downtown for a variety of fun, and Fox Chapel for a more low-key and elegant fun.

We stayed at the Omni William Penn Hotel downtown. It was one of the favorites in search results. There was construction going on, but the hotel was happy to accommodate. It was much bigger than expected. It has a large lobby, a restaurant, a Speakeasy, and a Starbucks.

Our room was a simple one bedroom. There was a TV that we did not use and the views overlooking the city were nice. We got there late after our amazing dinner at Eleven. We had been to Eleven 2 years prior to celebrate my birthday and were looking forward to going back. Eleven was amazing as always. I will do a post just on Eleven the next time we go, but for now here are the highlights of the meal.

 

After dinner, we grabbed a drink at Sienna Mercato. It is a three story building with a restaurant, a nicer restaurant, and a rooftop bar area. It was the first time I have ever had to stand in line to go to a rooftop bar. I felt like I was going clubbing ha

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We waited about 20 minutes and got up to the top. It was pretty neat and worth the wait.

Saturday

On Saturday morning we decided to order some room service. We were pretty unimpressed as it was all super greasy. We didn’t eat it and the concierge was happy to remove it from our bill.

We then decided we wanted to walk to the Strip District. The Strip District is awesome, it pretty much has everything you want all in one space. It was about a mile and a half walk and it was so nice out. We stopped halfway to get some Starbucks because I am not me without coffee 🙂 We looked around a few cool shops, one of them was Jonathan Moran Woodworks.

This place prides itself on making everything from scratch from dressers, to tables, to beer tasting flight holders and more. They had a wall of Reclaim candles which were so different than any of the candles I have seen. They had scents of fig and almond and sea breeze and sea salt and I just could not leave without purchasing the Earthy Velvet and oak moss.

The smell just made me want to curl in a blanket on the couch with a good book and the candle burning in the background. Upon checkout, the owner shared that she found the lady who makes the candles on Instagram and tried a few and was hooked. She carries her whole line and the lady makes all of the candles by hand herself in her small storefront. Really cool.

We then went in to gaze at Wholey’s Fishmarket. It is pretty much a fantastical display of any seafood you should want. There were a few people who got joy from having the fish guy pick up a lobster and display its claws. The place was booming.

We continued to walk through vendors from pottery making, to incenses, to little finger puppets and jewelry. I bought a pair of glasses from a nice lady because I have now lost my nice Ray-Bans twice in less than a year. My husband says I need to learn a lesson and thus is not allowing me to buy another nice pair of sunglasses until I learn to keep track of my things 🙂

We stumbled on a brewery called East End Brewing. We entered into a very clean space that had nice multi-colored merchandise from coasters, to travel growlers, to beer, to shirts. We both got a tasting flight.

I sampled one of their slightly sweet beers and guys it was so sweet. Yuck! Not my thing, but I know some people like more sweet beers. The GreenGiant IPA was our favorite.

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We went into the Spice Store which is just the most beautiful display of spices I think I have ever seen. They have sections for salad spices, cinnamon spices, seafood spices, vanilla spices and more. Each section has large and small sizes and the packages tell you what to do with the spices or what they pair well with.

My husband gives two shits about spices so I only had 10 minutes to browse before he pulled me out. I picked up the Sandwich Sprinkle seasoning which claims it is good on sandwiches, salads, potatoes, pasta and more. I also picked up a Sunny Paris seasoning and Penzey’s Salsa & Pico. I did wish they had some dip seasoning as I always think it is fun to try different dips for parties. The last time we went to Charleston we picked up 5 dip seasoning from the Wooden Spoon and it was so fun to make them and easy and everyone loved them.

The last time we went to Charleston we picked up 5 dip seasoning from the Spice and the Spoon.  This lady makes all of her own spices and they are awesome! Highly recommend and she will ship to you if you ask her. I used them for a few parties and guests raved about the flavor and quality. The seasonings are unlike any other dip seasonings we have tried and the best part is all of them just require cream cheese.

I loved how the three little glass jars just made you feel like you were purchasing something really special even though they all amounted to a little over $12. I am looking forward to trying the seasonings on some upcoming meals.

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We decided as it was 2:00 pm we should probably have lunch as we never had breakfast and went into Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille. Remember how I mentioned earlier we went to Wholey’s Fish Market? Well, you would assume they were related, but they are actually not related. They do not get their fish from Wholeys which I thought was odd as they have the same name. In speaking with our server, she said they source their seafood from all over, Tuna from Hawaii and more and they ship them in every day.

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I had the Steel City Lobster roll which was basically lobster with some lobster bisque and creme fraiche. I only ate the lobster and it was fantastic. Their fries are homemade and I had ranch which they make in house and had dill peppered throughout. Who eats fries without ranch:)?

We then decided we would head back to the hotel to take a nap and get ready for dinner. We left the hotel around 6 and Ubered to the Duquesne Incline. The Duquesne Incline is something you will see on every ” 10 things you need to do in Pittsburgh” list.

Our driver dropped us off and then waited in line. While we are standing in line we realize it mentions exact fare only and we have no cash. We get up to the front and they let us pay them when we returned. Now they are not the most friendly, so not aiming for customer satisfaction. We enter the cable car and depart up. It was pretty neat and quick and at only $2.50 per way, it is an affordable way to get to Mount Washington. Here is a picture of the view on our way up.

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We have a bit of time before dinner so we decide to get a drink at a place called Le Mont. Now stepping into Le Mont is like stepping into the 60’s. It was a weird and interesting experience.

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Most of the demographic are towards the elderly, but there are sprinkled younger couples. We were, by a good 30 years, the youngest couple, but they had live old school music so we still thought it would be cool for a drink. Unfortunately, we waited 15 minutes at the bar without a drink and decided to leave. The reviews online for eating there seem mostly good, but we would not come back just due to service.

Next, we arrived at Altius, it was incredible!! See my review HERE.

We then descended back down on the incline and ubered back to the hotel. I really wanted to check out the Speakeasy in the hotel, but they were closed by the time we got back.

Sunday

I usually am up before my husband, but not today. He woke me up around 10:00 letting me know I slept 12 hours and should probably wake up now ha. We had some coffee and then left to go to Oakmont Bakery.

Now, Oakmont could have its own page. You want the best donuts – Oakmont. You want the coolest cake ever – Oakmont. We saw a lady who had a champagne and strawberry cake with an actual champagne bottle in the cake. It was really cool. Another fun fact – our wedding cookies which were our favors for our wedding were at Oakmont. We had them screen print a picture of where my husband proposed which was really neat and delicious.

 

We got some donuts for his family as a thank you for taking care of our little fur children.

Pittsburgh is a really cool place with a lot to do. We definitely want to come back and try more places. I would highly encourage you to visit PA!

– Elle

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